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New out this month, from the late great Terry Pratchett, is The Time-travelling Caveman, a collection of previously unpublished short stories.
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  • ARMANDO LUCAS CORREA is the Editor-in-Chief of People En Espanol,  the top-selling Hispanic magazine in the U.S. Here he writes of his personal connection to a group of Jewish refugees that departed from Hamburg, Germany in 1939 seeking refuge in Cuba. His novel The German Girl is a fictional account of the doomed voyage. Read on >
  • The jazz era of the 1920s in America was
 filled with exuberant music, fast cars and young men and women determined to have a good time. But at the same time in working-class Far North Queensland, life wasn’t lived at quite the same level of opulence.
In a new novel, Treading Air, Queensland author ARIELLA VAN LUYN uses fiction to investigate the life of a real young woman from Townsville named Lizzie O’Dea, who shot another woman in 1924. Read on >
  • Marine biologist SHANNON LEONE FOWLER was embracing her fiancé, Sean, in the ocean off the coast of Thailand when a box jellyfish stung and killed him.Thai authorities tried to dismiss his death as a drunk drowning. Traveling with Ghosts follows the months Shannon spent on a strange trajectory through Eastern Europe, fleeing from the ocean and from grief. She tells us how her memoir came to be, 14 years after Sean’s death. Read on >
  • Church attendance has been plummeting for decades, yet enrolments for church-based schools are soaring. Nearly all non-churchgoers say that they like having a church in their suburb – although they never go inside it. Leading social researcher HUGH MACKAY takes a look at our contradictory attitudes to religion in his new book, Beyond Belief. In this article, Hugh recounts a part of his own spiritual journey and how he came to write the book. Read on >
  • Who would have thought that in the largely homogeneous country of China that there could be a group of people who could trace their lineage back to invading Romans? TONY GREY uncovered this intriguing bit of information while travelling in China, and here he tells how he came to write his historical novel, The Tortoise in Asia, which tells the story of Romans travelling along the Silk Road in ancient times. Read on >
  • Alison Evans is a genderqueer writer, lover of bad movies, and co-founder of the zine Concrete Queers. Here Alison tells us about her new spec-fic novel, Ida, and non-binary identities in YA fiction. Read on >
  • Australian film director BRUCE BERESFORD (Driving Miss Daisy, Paradise Road) and film producer SUE MILLIKEN (Black Robe and Sirens) have collaborated on several films over their long careers. Their new book, There’s a Fax from Bruce: Edited correspondence between Bruce Beresford & Sue Milliken 1989- 1996, collects the communications – full of industry gossip, news and thoughts on books and films – from a pre-email era between these two filmmaking luminaries. They tell us here about the books that have influenced them. Read on >
  • The nose is a wonderful thing. A new study has found that the human nose can distinguish between at least one trillion different smells. I love nothing more than sticking my nose inside a blooming rose as I walk Baxter along the street. But I also have a passionate hatred of the choking diesel fumes disgorged from nearby cruise ships. So even though I may be able to detect over a trillion odours, there are many of them I don’t want to smell! Kate Grenville’s new book, The Case against Fragrance, has had me pondering the aromas, the scents and odours that enter my nose – whether I want them to or not. In 2015 Kate started to get frequent headaches and other signs of ill health and, strangely, they seemed to get worse when she was on tour to promote her latest book.After some effort to isolate the cause, she discovered that it was perfumes or other fragrances that were the culprits. She felt debilitated. She loved to meet her readers but was bombarded with fragrances in crowded rooms. She was compelled to find out what it was about perfumes that could be causing her these health problems. She opened a can of worms. Read on >
  • KIRI FALLS was introduced to the works of English novelist Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) when she saw the 2004 BBC production of North & South. Last year, the 150th anniversary of Gaskell’s death, Kiri decided to make a pilgrimage to the newly renovated Manchester home of the great lady. Read on >
  • Lynda La Plante changed the face of crime fiction and television with Prime Suspect and its stoic lead character, DCI Jane Tennison. Her new series details how Tennison cut her teeth on London’s crime-ridden, gang-ruled streets in the 80s. We asked the queen of crime 10 questions ahead of her new book release, Hidden Killers. Read on >
  • It’s often said that whatever happens in our childhoods resonates throughout the rest of our lives – for good or for ill. This was certainly the case for TIM ELLIOTT, who grew up with a father who suffered from bipolar disorder. TIM GRAHAM spoke to him about the lingering effects of a tumultuous childhood and his memoir ofpaternal madness, Farewell to the Father. Read on >

Book Reviews in this issue

  • This debut novel won the 2017 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers and is a brilliant read. Alex and Amy’s real journey is about finding each other. Families can inflict pain and damage but the ties that bind run deep. While the novel deals with grief and trauma, it is also humorous and perceptive. I found Alex and Amy’s story compelling and I couldn’t stop thinking about them after I finished. Read on >

  • Glimpses of Utopia is arresting from the very first sentence: ‘What if the future we need is vastly different to the future we’ve been told we want?’ It’s the first of many questions Jess poses that challenge the prevailing systems that govern every aspect of our lives. It’s an optimistic, evidence-based vision for the future that reads more like a real-world drama where we all write the ending. Read on >

  • If you like books with a clear narrative and relatable characters, then this isn’t a book for you. But, if you are happy to give yourself over to the unexpected, can let the narrative tease and taunt and trust it to unravel at its own pace, Piranesi should be high on your reading list. Read on >

  • This story felt real and I was completely captivated. Read on >

  • Be prepared. Before you open this book, take a deep breath … it might be a while before you come up for air.  Read on >

  • The 12 writers in this anthology have contributed fiction, poetry and non-fiction, imagining an alternative Australia after empire, colony, and white supremacy. The collection is bookended by pieces from Hannah Donnelly, a Wiradjuri writer interested in indigenous futures, and speculative fiction. She has also written two moving pieces in the collection cast as ‘interludes’ about miscegenation and brushes with the law. Read on >

  • The book shows that climate change isn’t one big thing, but a mass of small things building together slowly but surely against us. There are stories of heroism and hope that provide a silver lining to the book’s doom and gloom. Read on >

  • Anatolia is more than just a cookbook; it is also an education and travel book which is beautifully presented. I can’t wait to cook more of the recipes. Read on >

  • While the non-chronological order of the book sometimes makes the order of events confusing, The Awful Truth is a genuinely fascinating look at an age of news gone by. Read on >

  • Every now and again a book comes along that speaks to us as readers. Asking us to look at not just what we read or why we read, but how our reading influences the way we interact with the world around us. For readers and writers alike, this is a book to read and absorb and take solace that, despite the challenges and obstacles placed in front of our creatives, there are passionate advocates and practitioners whose work is to be celebrated for years to come. Read on >

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